Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bahucharaji Temple

Bahucharaji टेम्पले

Famous for the temple of Goddess Bahucharaji, the town is 35kms. from Mehsana. There are three temples of the Goddess, of which two are termed 'Adyasthan' (the original site), and the center temple as a 'Madhyasthan'. The first of these encloses a Varkhadi tree from where the Goddess is supposed to have appeared. The little temple was built by Maratha Fadnis and the principal place of worship, the outer temple was built by Manajirao Gaekwad in 1781A.D. The Adyasthan contains the Sphathik Bala Yantra with gold cover. On every full moon day, the temple of the Goddess is visited by a bulky number of devotees and tonsorial ceremonies are performe

Bahucharaji - Mother Goddess

Bahucharaji - Mother Goddess



Way :
Ahmedabad - 0 KM
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Yet another Shakti tirth of Gujarat is the temple of Bahucharaji. People bring their children for the 'mundan' ceremony of their children. It is an ancient sacred site and features prominently among the' garb a - garbi' compositions in folk songs. Its older temple is 5 km away and it is quite ordinary too. But this one is very huge and grand. Its compound is also vast. On several occasions this is filled with thousands of devotees. In front of the temple is one Havankund and behind it is the home of Vallabh Bhatt Mevada who has composed a number of songs of garbis and garbas addressing the Mother Goddess. Next to the temple is Mansarovar Lake and a number of Dharmshalas for devotees and visitors.

Bahucharaji Mata is held in great honor in Gujarat. Among the most worthy places for visit near the ancient capital of Patan is this temple of Bahucharaji Mata. On full moon day of Chaitra and Aso months every year big fairs are held here. Folk dances and dramas of 'Bhavai' are also performed. The construction of this temple began in VS 1835 and it was completed in VS 1837 when the image of the Mother Goddess was ceremoniously installed.

Around this large area of the temple a fort is constructed, with four 'burj' and three Gates. This temple is ISm long and 9m wide. It has a dome and a shikhar. There is a great Mandapa facing the Garbhagriha. In the dome of this Mandapa or hall, on its pillars are painted dolls. Near the temple is one Havan or Agni kund for religious ceremonies. The open ground of the temple is popularly called 'chachar no chowk'. Near the gate of the temple is Mansarovar. On full moon day of Chaitra and Aso months people visit the temple in large numbers. The 'palkhi' procession of the Goddess is taken out to Shankhalpur. Many families come to the temple for the 'mundan' ceremony of their children when their hair is totally removed for the first time after birth as one of the 'sanskaras'.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Siddhapur - Rudra Mahal

Siddhapur - Rudra Mahal



Way :
Ahmedabad - 111 KM
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As we move upwards from the banks of Saraswati at the historic Anhilwad Patan, we come to Siddhapur. Just as Gaya is called the best place to hold the Shradda Sanskar for one's father, Siddhpur has the honor for similar rite for one's mother. It is said that Bhagvan Parshuram had performed this rite for his Mother and since then it has acquires this sacred aura for the later generations. Thus we find that even today this significance draws thousands for this rite here.

As we read the description of Rudra Mahal in treatises of the past, we find that this 'Mahalay' was true to its name a great and vast structure, with incomparable wealth of sculptured beauty. Mularaj of the Solanki dynasty had begun to construct it and Siddhraj Jaysinh completed it. When we read the grand narration about how it contained vast public halls, other big and small halls, stories and stories full of balconies and verandahs, with richly carved pillars and other sculpted beauties, and how thousands of Brahmans chanted Mantras for worship and uttered various Stotras, we feel that it was like another Somnath temple

However, Allauddin Khilji razed it to the grounds. Gradually it almost disappeared. Today we can see only four pillars with an arch. But even these little ruins can provide us an idea about the beauty and grandeur of the original structure. In a 100 m. by 75 m wide area, it was a structure of two to three stories, with 1600 pillars and a large public meeting hall (Sabha Mandap).

We also must take a note of the legend of Rudra Mahal about the laying of the foundation of this structure. When King Mularaj Solanki dreamt of making a grand Shiv-Rudra Mahalay on the banks of River Saraswati, he summoned the famous architect Prandhar, he invited many other architects and astrologers, besides the skilled arti.sans from far and near. These experts selected the stone for the construction and began their work

After Mularaj, the great architect Prandhar also died. Then came the great successors like Bhimdev: Kamadev and even the queen Minaldevi. On the throne of Patan now came Bhattark Siddharaj Jaysinh. Someone reminded him of the great dream of his ancestor Mularaj that was still incomplete. Siddharaj now took up the bid to complete that dream

He invited Markand Shastri from Malva, a great astrologer. Under his guidance a new place for laying the foundation of Rudra Mahal was undertaken. As the ceremony was being conducted the Shastri went on instructing. He said, 'Dig here for another yard and a little more. This is the 'Siddha Ghatika, the Honored Hour. Keep your eye on the stick held here and as soon as I call out, plant this gold nail into the ground." And at the auspicious second, under Markand shastri's instruction, this was done.

Markand Shastri was jubilant, "Dhanya, this is great fortune for everyone! 0 King, now nothing, not even TIME can touch this Rudra Mahalay, it would last until the Sun and the Moon last (Yavacchandradivakarau). Maharaj, the nail has been placed into the head of the Sheshanaga, One who holds the Earth on His head. Now this is a moment in time that does not move. It has no Beginning and no End.

The King Jaysinh respectfully bowed to him and said, "Acharyavar, even Lord Brahma has not made any Creation that has no End

Markandji replied, "Maharaj, according to my astrological calculations the auspicious time cannot go wrong. Even if the Pralay or the End of the World comes, it would only bow and touch the feet of this Mahalaya."

Jaysinh, "Oh! What End of the World, Gurudev? What head of Sheshnaga? -Just where is the Head that holds the Earth deep down, and look at the 1 Y2 inch of this little gold nail that went ointo it!! Guruji, say something that we can believe! Or, prove it at least

Markandji was upset, "0 King! Do not mock or test such things of Knowledge!"

Jaysinh haughtily replied, "Acharyaji! I too want to see the proof. Can you show it to me?"

Markandji said, "Maharaj! Well, take off the nail, and you will find blood flowing out! Just see for yourself!"

After a lot of discussion if such a step must be taken or not, as the King did not abandon his stance of doubt, Markand shastri agreed for pulling the nail out, "As soon as the nail is pulled, it should be pushed back once more." He directed.

The nail was pulled and just as it was being pushed back, the clothes of Jaisinh were sprayed with blood. The nail was pushed back once more. With absolute amazement and happiness, Jaisinh looked at Markand shastri. But Mrakandji was most unhappy. He said, "Maharaj, within the few moment of pulling and pushing back the nail, Sheshanaga has shifted. Now the nail has not struck his head but his tail!!"

Jaisinh asked, "So? What does that mean?"

Markandji said, "Adhishwar! I am unhappy to say that the result of this is that since you are sprayed with the blood of Sheshanaga, you would be invincible. However. ..

Jaishinh asked, "However ... ?"

Markandji continued, "However ... it means that your name and fame would suffer, and while Rudramahal would be completed, it also would be razed in time. The ringing of bells day and night would stop one day, each of its stone would be broken up with a hammer, its grandeur and significance lost in time. Only some ruins would tell us of its grandeur .... "

Thid may only be a legend, bu is indeed very intersting. When we recall it as we stand near the remnants of Rudramahal, we experience agreat thrill.

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Apart from the lain places of pilgrimage, to the n0l1h of Mehsana near Unjha and Unava is the sacred place for the Muslims called Muiradatar. However, here not just the Muslims but the Hindus also come for worship and offerings. All communities join its Fairs held regularly

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Haveli At Siddhapur

The Haveli At Siddhapur



Way :
Ahmedabad - 111 KM
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The Bohras are found in large numbers in Siddhapur. Although the Bohra community follows Islam, they differ to some extent from the rest of the Muslims. During the Solanki rule, the Shia preachers were able to convert Brahmins and Banias into Islam and these are known as the Bohras. This conversion occurred after the invasion of Allauddin Khilji. The houses of the Bohras at Siddhpur are of semi-European fashion, with terraces with railings. The windows are of colored glass and the furniture is similar to rich Muslim households. In the rich homes we find even today many chandeliers with light holders (handi). There were king-sized beds with canopies, tables with marble tops, carved cupboards, glass utensils with lovely carvings or paintings on the walls. Form the outside these 'Haveli' type houses are quite simple in appearance, but within its large rooms it has beautiful furniture and decorations.

Garden Palace Balasinor

Garden Palace Balasinor
[Reservation]


The Nawab dynasty of Balasinore came to India from Afghanistan and were appointed Subehdars of Ahmedabad during Mughal period. The Garden palace was built in 1883 AD by Nawab Saheb Manover Khanji Babi and is set in fine gardens, agricultural fields and orchards. It has 4 guest rooms, a grand drawing room and beautiful dining hall.

The property is now being converted into a 10 room heritage hotel with a conference hall, arrangements for holding wedding receptions in the lawn and other facilities. The Garden palace serves meals in a typical Nawabi period ambience, made from home grown vegetables, milk from the palace dairy and chicken from the family's own poultry.
SIGHTSEEING

Interesting sightseeing spots include the pre-historic faunal site of Railolo where Dinosaur skeleton was excavated, the 13th century Shiv temple at confluence of Mahi and Sukhi rivers, the Laliya Lavhar fort associated with much folklore, the famous Krishna temple of Dakore, known for it's gilded chariot and turtle filled temple tank, the Shiv temple at Hgalteshwaar, the carved havelis of Kapadvaj, the scenic reservoir of Vanakbori, the tribal areas of Panchamahals and hot sulphuric springs of Lasundra.

Balasinore is 86-km from Ahmedabad, and is a possible stopover between Ahmedabad and the destinations of Malwas such as Mandu, Dhar, Indor and Ujjani. Safaris by Tata Sumo and other entertainments can be organised for the visitors.

Palace Utelia Gujarat

Palace Utelia Gujarat
[Utelia] [Reservation]



Location: The Palace Utelia is situated at a distance of 150 kilometers from Baroda, 78 kilometers from Ahmedabad and en route to Bhavnagar. It is a grandiose turn-of-the-century haveli (mansion), which is specially imposing when compared to the hutments that crowd its high walls.

Description: The architectural style of the Palace Utelia is predominantly Indo-Saracenic, and includes domes, pillars, arches and Gujarati haveli style facades. The portioned entrance archway leads to a row of columns on a high pedestal and from here one reaches the twisting staircase to the main dining hall, which is illuminated by chandeliers and spanned by portraits

Accommodation: A total of 14 double bedrooms have been renovated to match the grandeur of the building and feature attached baths with running hot-and-cold showers, and dressing space. Some of the beds are real period pieces inlaid with mirrors and ornate decorations. Each of the rooms open onto private balconies or common verandahs with splendid views of the River Bhugavo where demoiselle and common cranes gather. Even if you are not staying here, it is worth dropping in for lunch on the way to Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar or Palitana.

Facilities: The Palace Utelia has its own stable of horses and bullock carts for rides in the village or the surrounding countryside. For more accomplished riders, 3 to 5 cross country horseback safaris can be arranged by the owners with tented camping arrangements along the way. You can also hire 4 - wheel drive jeeps for trips to Velavadar National Park, a 36 square kilometers tract to Savannah type grassland, where you can see the largest herds of blackbuck antelope in India today and one of the worlds greatest harrier-hawk roosts. Jeep excursions can include a picnic lunch if you propose to spend a full day at the Park. Another sanctuary near utelia is Nalsarovar, which mainly comprises a 100 odd square kilometers lake and its surrounding marshes. There are country boats here for trips on the lake and you can see flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, geese, cranes, storks, ibises and herons of myriad species at reasonably close range.

Dining:Both Indian and Continental meals are uniformly good, and buffets in the dining hall are reasonably priced. Courtyard barbecues, enlivened by folk dances and music of the Padhar fisherfolk or Bharwad shepherds can be arranged on request.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort : Located 64 kms north of Udaipur in the wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. The fort also served as refuge to the baby king Udai of Mewar. It is also of sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar's legendary King Maharana Partap.http://udaipuronline.co.in/images/b_kumbhalgarh_fort.jpg

The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege. The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber for scarcity of drinking water. Many magnificent palaces an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the clouds. The fort also offers a superb birds view of the surroundings. The fort's thick wall stretches some 36 kms and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The fort's large compound has very interesting ruins and the walk around it can be very rewarding.

Ranakpur - Introduction

Ranakpur - Introduction




Beautiful sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Marked as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15 the century. During the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to Adinathji the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved and no two being alike is a amazing evidence of the genius sense of architecture that enhances the charm of the place. Every temple has this conceivable surface carved with equal delicacy. The ambience of Ranakpur is mainly highlighted by the location and the almost divine architecture, giving the same hue as its counter part - the great Dilwara Temple's. in Mt-Abu. Facing the main temple are the unique temples -Parasvanath - Neminath with exquisite figures carving similar to that Khujaraho sculptures. Another temple worth visiting is the nearby 'Sun Temple' dedicated to the 'Sun God' (Surya-the master of all the planets and the provider of light to the whole universe) adorned with polygonal wall, richly embellished with the carvings of warriors, horses and solar (Nakshatras, grahs') deities riding splendid 'chariots' the vehicle of the 'Sun God'- which accordingly to the Hindu Mythology is the God of prosperity and a shining destiny in this world. Many throng this shrine for these blessings. Overall Ranakpur is known as ' The tranquil pilgrimage town'. For the buffs a ride to the outskirts like ' Sadari' - 'Desuri'- 'Ghanerao'- 'Narhai', serves the purpose of their satisfaction.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gandhi Museum

Gandhi Museum

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The Gandhi Museum is virtually a living testimonial to the Indian Legend in true sense, Mahatma Gandhi. He selflessly devoted his entire life to the struggle for independence and his doctrine on "Ahimsa" or Non-Violence is still reckoned to be the most lethal weapon that can demoralize and finally compel the foe to give up without a single drop of blood-shed. Mahatma Gandhi will always be an icon for the youth and live in our hearts through his immortal beliefs and wide-spread love and warmth. He is that person who virtually changed India's destiny single-handedly and sowed the seeds of brotherhood and peace which have bloomed into independent and secular India.

The Gandhi Museum has been erected in order to commemorate this great human being and inspire the coming generation to continue the fight against evil keeping in mind, 'Ahimsa', or Non-Violence.

Special Attractions

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  • Extremely uncommon snaps that portray memorable moments of Gandhiji's life's are displayed in Gandhi Museum. The visitors through viewing these priceless moments of the legend himself on film can relate themselves with him and realize that he was not so different from us, but it was his sheer will-power and courage that helped him to succeed in his endeavor to free India.

  • The Gandhi Museum also houses many letters, other documents and other possessions of "The Father of the Nation".

  • There is also ample scope for prayers, documentary movies, recordings made from his lectures for the visitors.

  • The address of Gandhi Museum in Gujarat is :-
    Gandhi Smriti
    Bhavnagar 364001

The Gandhi Museum at Gujarat is open to the viewers from 8:30 am to 12 pm and again from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm during the summer season and from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm during the winter season.

Shanku's Water World Resort Mehsana

Shanku's Water World Resort Mehsana
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Shanku's provides to all guests high standard services. A visit will convince you that it's a unique water park for fun and adventure for all ages and everybody. The quality and safety of the treated water is of paramount importance to a visitor attraction like this.

We provide cool relief on a summer day, but we also combine the thrills of an amusement park with the relaxation of a day at the pool. In the 10 years since the water park opened, these watery playgrounds have become enormously popular-
Bigger and better than ever, the parks lure families with dozens of slick attractions, from towering slides and twisting rides to Aqua Tubes and rollicking wave pools. We also offer picnic spots, plenty of lounge chairs, locker rentals and food service.

Shanku's came into existence on 11th November, 1993. When we first dreamt of building Shanku's, we decided to create a water park that was totally unique, since it was a totally new experience for the masses here, so we went globetrotting, traveled everywhere from the states to far east, for new ideas to help us to build the first and the best water park in India.

The safety and enjoyment of our visitors is of utmost importance and we need to ensure they enjoy themselves in an aquatic environment that has water treated to the highest standards. The result is radically different water park.

It has an array of rides for children, youngsters and young at heart Designed by World renowned White Water Leisure Ltd., A U.K based company known for high safety standards also complies with German safety TUV by Van Egdom of Holland. The Park is famous for clean & clear water, Beautiful landscaping technologically safe and a good base for making your visits historic monuments.

Shanku's offers special packages to groups planning an all day outing to the park. From discounted rates to customised programmes, our group incentives give you great value for your money. So whether it's a school picnic or a corporate gathering, Shanku's will ensure that your

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery

Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery


Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, a charismatic icon to many, laid the foundation of the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery in the year 1887. The Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery is well-endowed with a vast array of spectacular and extremely rare antiquities that has presented it with a completely new dimension and has also earned it immense respect and gratitude on a global scale. http://lh5.ggpht.com/_GzJtbur0XfI/R86g6Cy-RLI/AAAAAAAABFQ/eobs-gnHPGc/dsc06663.jpg

Today, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery is recognized as one of the most sought after museums located in the eastern realm of India.

The Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery comprises of two separate buildings that possesses a meek exuberance of Indo-Saracenic engineering. Majority of the coveted articles residing in the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery of Gujarat was personally accrued by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad.

It was the sheer aspiration of two men which laid down the corner stone of this legendary mansion. They were RF Chisholm and Major RN Ment whose architectural magnificence gave shape to the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery of Gujarat.

Special Attractions

  • Graeco-Roman gallery
  • European Roman, 7th-18th centuries AD (pre-industrial period) and 8th-20th centuries AD
  • Unique exhibition Vestibule
  • Library armed with many books.
  • Store, Civilizations and Arts of Asia
  • Japanese Gallery
  • Tibetan and Nepalese Gallery
  • Egyptian along with Babylonian Gallery
  • Gallery dedicated to Chinese artifacts.
  • Islamic Gallery containing pictures descending from Persia, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Spain, etc.
  • Baroda room (Depicting Gujarati and Maratha artforms)
  • Indian art gallery.
  • Central Vestibule (Baroda state history)
  • Prehistoric room and a section featuring Archaeological specimens

Picture Gallery contains pictures of the following

  • Modern Indian picture gallery, natural history room
  • Zoology, Paleontology and Ethnology
  • Mineralogy, petrology, geology
The Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery at Gujarat is open to visitors from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except on public holidays and Mondays.

Calico Museum of Textiles

Calico Museum of Textiles

A brief sojourn to the Calico Museum of Textiles will most definitely be an enlightening experience for the anxious visitors as it acquaints them with the lavish textile heritage that India possesses. The Calico Museum of Textiles is truly in every respect, an honest and a humble tribute to the sheer craftsmanship capabilities of the Indian textile artisans who have manufactured scintillating textile products that have wowed the entire globe for several centuries now. http://www.ahmedabad.org.uk/pics/calico-museum-of-textiles-ahmedabad.jpg

The Calico Museum of Textiles came into existence in 1949 and was the inspiration of Ms.Gira Sarabhai.

Main Attractions

  • The Calico Museum of Textiles exhibits two groups of 'pichhwais' first of which depicts scenes from sarada purnima, Govardhana, Dharana, Gopastami, Ramanavami and Nandamahotsava. The other group of Pichhwais deals with seasonal themes like 'grisma', 'varsa', 'sarada' etc.

  • The 'Parsvantha' built out of bronze belonging to 1235 AD., a sand-stone-replica of the 12th century AD, embodiment of Tirthankara Digambara, another bronze statuette of 'Dvitirthi' dated back to the 7th century.

  • Ancient holographs that are created on palm leaves belonging to the Jainas are carefully preserved here like the 'Kalpasutra' that was further divided into three parts - Jinacharita, Samachari and Sthaviravali.

  • Among other Jaina holograph that are displayed at the Calico Museum of Textiles in Gujarat are the Samgrahani Sutra and Patas that depicts their version of the universe and different phenomenons occurring in the cosmos.

  • Adhai Dvipi Pata, Jnana Baji Pata are really ancient piece of embroidery that are on exhibit in the Calico Museum of Textiles at Gujarat.

  • Apart from religious textile articles there are also some exquisite carpets that are speculated to have descended from the workshop conducted by the Great Mughal emperor, Akbar and have a taste of Persian skills.

  • Mughal war protection attires includes Helmets, chain mall, shields in the shape of a rhinoceros, swords, etc.

  • 15th century Indian textiles associated with trade, silk weaving, 'patolas', patalu shawls, scarves, Sadi belonging to the 19th century, etc.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dadar Nagar Haveli

Dadar Nagar Haveli

Small is beautiful and so is Dadra & Nagar Haveli, It is love at first sight. The tall awesome trees, the rivers flowing past them, the green grass mingling with fields of darker green, and the distant hills dotting gently rolling hills. Whether it is the summer, which dries the land, or the southwest monsoon whipping the wind-swept trees and turning the land into an endless stretch of green, it won’t matter. You’ll love the serene and the calm land of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
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Many hands have ruled this quiet magical land of 72 villages. And the memory of these rulers still lingers on, for a century and a half, the fiery Portuguese were the masters of the land. When the land was liberated from their rule, it was taken over by the locals until it merged with the Indian Union. As a land it is not very large, only 491 sq. Kms. is covered with forests and woods, a heaven for the simple, colourful tribal folks. But as a place, it will stay on the margins of your mind.

Silva, in Portuguese means Woods. And this can be seen when you visit Silvassa, the tiny, sleepy capital township. Tall trees reaching for the heavens line the roads. Off the beaten track, little cottages back in the warm sun or lie in the shadows of the trees.

Siddhapur Travel Information

Siddhapur Travel Information

Siddhapur is an ancient sacred town on the banks of the Saraswati river. It finds mention in the Skanda Purana as Sristhala. Siddhapur derives its name from the great ruler of Gujarat, Siddhraj Jaisinh, who constructed a magnificent Shiva Temple in 12th century AD, Rudra Mahalay, at this town. The entire townscape of Siddhapur is dotted with temples, kunds, ashrams and sacred buildings along the banks of the Saraswati river.
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The unique geographical feature of the Saraswati stream turning eastwards lends special sanctity to this place. For all the Hindus, this is the place to perform the Matru Shraddh (the ritual ceremony for maternal spirits). This significance is the reason for the large population of Brahmins, who act as priests in such ceremonies. These ceremonies are performed at Kapilamuni Ashram, where 3 sacred water kunds exist Gyan Vapika, Alpa Sarovar and Bindu Sarovar. For anyone interested in the Hindu religious ceremonies it is well worth a visit.

On the opposite bank of the Saraswati river, there is an architecturally interesting building, known as Thali building, built by Ahalyabai Holkar, queen of Indore a famous Maratha queen who patronized many such building projects in all the important Hindu pilgrimage centers of India. In ancient times, the urban structures of Siddhapur were influenced by two significant aspects the natural features of the Saraswati river and the man made feature of the Rudra Mahalaya.

The ancient texts describe Rudra Mahalaya as a magnificent Shiva Temple with a three-storied shikhara, 1600 pillars, 12 entrance doors, central mandapa and porches on east, north and south and sanctum in west. Around the temple, there were 11 shrines of Rudra. The eastern gate was adorned with beautifully carved Torana, with a flight of steps leading to the Saraswati river. Ulugh Khan and Ahmed Shah of Ahmedabad ruthlessly destroyed this magnificent Shiva Temple, in the late 13th century or early 14th century. The cells on the surrounding walls were converted into a mosque.

Siddhapur is a major center of the Bohra Muslims from few centuries. The Bohras are a rich and cultured community spread all over the major cities of the world. They are deeply attached to their native town of Siddhapur and regularly visit the town for important social ceremonies. About a century ago, they built very beautiful mansions in a typical architectural style, from the wealth earned abroad. The well laid out paved streets, service lanes, mosques, perfect arrangement of row houses with profusely decorated facades using a common architectural vocabulary is a direct outcome of the collective vision of the Guilds of Bohra merchants. For any visitor, a visit to the Bohravad is a must and it will be a wonderful experience to suddenly discover such a perfect example of urban design in the middle of chaotic Indian urbanization.

Vadnagar : (42 km from Siddhapur) Vadnagar finds mention in many Hindu Puranas and in the travelogue of great Chinese traveller, Hieun-Tsing (7th century), as a rich and flourishing town The inscription on Arjun Ban Gate confirms King Kumarapla built the fortification of the city in 1152 AD.

The town sits on the high bank of Sharmistha Talav, with an overlooking promenade, in a crescent and a series of steps leading to the tank. The fortification and undulating skyline mirrored in the water of Sharmistha Talav, lend a picturesque quality to the whole composition. Several temples, step wells, old havelis, fort gates and inscriptions bear testimony to the glorious past. Hatkeshwar Mahadev, located outside the town, is a Shiva Temple, about 500 years old, having a high shikhara and beautiful carvings, representing various Hindu themes, like- Dasha Avatara, Pandavas.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Udvada , Gujarat


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Fast Facts
State: Gujarat
District: Valsad
Famous for/as: Beaches
Languages: Gujarati, Hindi
Best Season: Nov - Mar
Weather: Summer 22-36°C, Winter 10-27°C
Altitude: 11 m
Pincode: 396180
STD code: 02638

Udvada, Gujarat

Calm secluded coastal spot Udvada, renowned holy place of Parsis in India, is credited with the most famous Iranshah Atash Behram, the sacred fire temple of Parsis। Udvada, placed in between Daman and Valsad in Gujarat state, is a seaside village and a well-known heritage site and pilgrim center. It is believed that the fire has been burning in the Iranshah Atash Behram for more than 1,250 years.


Udvada, predominantly populated by Parsis, is the Mecca of Parsis. The series of events, which changed this ordinary hamlet of grazing places for camels or uth vada into a holiest place of Prasis started in the 7th century when Arab invaders conquered the area.

Udvada, the holiest spot of Parsis, is famous for the tongue watering tasty Parsi cuisine. Udvada is different from other Gujarat cities since it has a considerable number of old Parsi buildings, and many are still undamaged. One of the distinctive features of this calm village is that all lanes starts or ends from the main road. Locals remember landmarks instead of the names of the roads to identify the houses of its residents.

Calm Sea Breeze, Greenish surroundings and solitude, Udvada attracts many tourists. This is an ideal tourism gateway for relaxation and to merge with nature’s gifts and enjoy the village life from the cacophony of the strained city life. Composed with narrow lanes, cool wind from the sea, sandy golden relaxing places in seashore and the silence makes Udvada an unequal holiday spot.

Udvada is a must see place in India, as this carries the great legacy of Parsis in India, their culture and heritage.

Kheda

The town of Kheda is located in the Indian state of Gujarat. Kheda is located in the Kheda district of the state. This town is mainly a pilgrim destination, due to the large number of temples located in the region. Pilgrims from across India flock to these temples throughout the year, due to the rich religious significance that these temples in Kheda hold. Tourists also prefer travelling to Kheda to merge with the pilgrim crowd and to witness the architecture of these old temples. http://travel.sulekha.com/india/gujarat/photos/gujarat-13.jpg

While travelling to the town of Kheda, you must visit the famous temple in Dakor. The temple at Dakor is dedicated to the main deity Lord Krishna. Pilgrims also come to the temple at Dakor in order to see the idol of Lord Ranchhodraiji. There are many other temples dedicated to Lord Krishna that are located in Kheda. You can also take a trip to Shree Mahalakshmi temple, which is located in near the scenic Vatra River. This temple is an old one and is almost 100 years old. The statue in this temple is that of the Goddess Mahalakshmi and the catch here is that this statue is entirely made of pure marble. The Shree Mankameshwar temple in Kheda is also worth a visit. You can also visit the Santaram temple and many other Jain temples in the region.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Zorawar Palace.

he town of Palanpur is located in the Indian state of Gujarat, and this town is a very important destination for pilgrims due to the presence of many temples in the region. For this reason, the town of Palanpur is also famous among tourists who flock to this town from all over the country in order to experience the local festivities during the peak season. http://suzannefalkiner.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/crop-zorawar-palace-detail-author_2.jpg

The town of Palanpur has a very vibrant history and is immersed in the local heritage of Gujarat. The town is also surrounded on all sides by mountains and hills from the Aravalli range, and this makes its location very scenic and beautiful. The town is also a very important place for Jains, who have established more than fourteen temples in the town. The seven gates that once guarded the fortified town of Palanpur are now in ruins, and these magnificent structures act as locations of tourist interest now. You can also visit the Keethi Stumbh at Palanpur, which is also known as the Victory Tower. This tower was built during the 1930s. There are many palaces in the town of Palanpur that are must visit places as well, and these are the Balaram palace and the Zorawar Palace.

हिम्मतनगर अम्बाजी

The town of Himmatnagar is located in the Indian state for Gujarat and this town is one of the most important tourist destinations in the state. This town has a lot to offer to every tourist, as there are many places of interest that you can visit during your travel to Himmatnagar. This quiet town is an ideal destination for those who are looking to spend their vacation in peace, and for the ones among you who are spiritually inclined, there are many places of religious interest and significance as well.
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One of the must visit locations in the town of Himmatnagar is the Vaktapur Teerth, which is very famous among pilgrims in and around Gujarat. This temple is located in the highway outside of Himmatnagar, and in the border of the Vaktapur village. The temple is a scenic one that is surrounded by a mango orchard. There are idols of Nakoda Bhairavji, Bhagvan Chintamani Parshwanath and Shri Manibhadravir in the temple.

Yet another pilgrim spot that is famous in the region of Himmatnagar is the Shri Mehsana Teerth. This temple dates back to the 15th century, and is a very ancient temple complex that attracts throngs of devotees from across India. You can also visit the Shamlaji temple, the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar and the Calico Museum.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

Somnath temple, a highly revered temple, is one of the main 12 Shiva temples in India enshrining the Jyotorlingas. This temple is constructed in the Chalukya style with a height of about 155 ft. The stone Kalash place at the top of main shikhara weighs about 10 tonnes.
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Marvelously adorned Jyotirlinga with flowers, silver and gold adornments is a special attraction in this temple. The aarati puja at this temple is rejuvenating and is best for spiritual enlightenment. Ringing of bells, beating drums and cymbals make the occasion reverberating with Shiv Bhajans.

It is believed that Moon built this temple in Gold, later Ravana renovated it with silver, Lord Krishna by Wood and finally Bhima, one of the Pandavas, built this by stones. The temple had undergone many invasions buy foreign invaders, but still kept it sanctity and prominence. The splendid glory of this temple continues.

The temple was fully renovated and opened for the Somnath devotees in 1995, by the then President of India Shri. Shankar Dayal Sharma. This is a real august specimen of Indian temple architecture and the worthy religious destination to enlighten strong belief in God.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Junagadh Tourism

Junagadh Tourism

Junagadh TourismThe history of junagadh is chequered by the rules of the Mauryans, Kshatrapas, Guptas, Vilabhis, Chudasamas, Gujarat Sultans and Babi Nawabs. Junagadh, at different times in history, was under the influence of four major religions. Hindu, Bhuddhist, Jain and Muslim. Both political powers and religious influences enriched the culture and created edifices leaving their mark on the architecture of Junagadh.

Junagadh was the capital of the Junagadh State under the Muslim rulers of Babi Nawabs. In Gujarati, `Junagadh' literally means an ancient fort. The junagadh town is located at the foothills the sacred hill of Girnar and occupies a special place in the history of Gujarat.

Jamnagar Surendranagar District

Jamnagar Surendranagar District Tarnetar Fair Swine Flu News Gujarat India















With the fairs and festivities of last week supposedly causing the sudden spurt in cases of H1N1 flu in Saurashtra, Surendranagar district health officials are trying to prevent the spread further in the forthcoming Tarnetar Fair to being on August 22 in the district.

Chief District Health officer of Surendranagar district, Dr BR Solanki said, "We have set up 14 teams for on the spot screening of people who will attend the Tarnetar fair, which will be held 9 km away from Than is ancient Trinetreshwar temple from August 22 to 25."

Anybody suspected of swine flu will be taken to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Surendranagar and treated there, Solanki added. More than 5 lakh people are expected to visit this annual festival held at Tarnetar no Melo during the five days.

This apart, across the seven districts of Saurashtra, three of which have already reported positive cases, district health authorities are gearing up to deal with the situation. Seven positive cases have been reported from Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar in last two days.

In Rajkot, after a 19-year-old student of Vivekanand Institute of Hotel and Tourism management tested positive, the district health authorities paid a visit to the institute late on Tuesday evening. A team of civil hospital doctors also paid a visit and checked the condition of other students. As two of them showed certain symptoms of the flu, they were sent to civil hospital for precautionary check up.

Ramesh Morani, Chairman of the institute said, "We have taken all necessary steps to be safe. We have asked the students to go home if they wish to and we are also ready to shut the institute if the situation warrants." The total number of suspected cases from Rajkot is now at 19. Four of them have tested positive and nine are negative.

In Jamnagar, of the five suspected cases one has been reported positive, whereas in Bhavnagar both suspected cases are reported positive

District Tarnetar Fair Swine Flu News Gujarat India















With the fairs and festivities of last week supposedly causing the sudden spurt in cases of H1N1 flu in Saurashtra, Surendranagar district health officials are trying to prevent the spread further in the forthcoming Tarnetar Fair to being on August 22 in the district.

Chief District Health officer of Surendranagar district, Dr BR Solanki said, "We have set up 14 teams for on the spot screening of people who will attend the Tarnetar fair, which will be held 9 km away from Than is ancient Trinetreshwar temple from August 22 to 25."

Anybody suspected of swine flu will be taken to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Surendranagar and treated there, Solanki added. More than 5 lakh people are expected to visit this annual festival held at Tarnetar no Melo during the five days.

This apart, across the seven districts of Saurashtra, three of which have already reported positive cases, district health authorities are gearing up to deal with the situation. Seven positive cases have been reported from Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar in last two days.

In Rajkot, after a 19-year-old student of Vivekanand Institute of Hotel and Tourism management tested positive, the district health authorities paid a visit to the institute late on Tuesday evening. A team of civil hospital doctors also paid a visit and checked the condition of other students. As two of them showed certain symptoms of the flu, they were sent to civil hospital for precautionary check up.

Ramesh Morani, Chairman of the institute said, "We have taken all necessary steps to be safe. We have asked the students to go home if they wish to and we are also ready to shut the institute if the situation warrants." The total number of suspected cases from Rajkot is now at 19. Four of them have tested positive and nine are negative.

In Jamnagar, of the five suspected cases one has been reported positive, whereas in Bhavnagar both suspected cases are reported positive

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dwarka Jamnagar

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The Pune Pravasi Sangh has demanded direct trains to Udaipur, Jamnagar City and Dwarka. The Sangh has also demanded that a direct train to Chennai from Pune instead of Mumbai would benefit passengers in a big way.

These demands were made by Kanubhai Trivedi, president of the Pune Pravasi Sangh Trivedi said the Sangh has a number of plans, especially for long distance travellers. “Besides the electrification of railways, I will be now pressing for the demands of starting direct trains to Udaipur, Jamnagar and Dwarka.

Secondly, all the trains running to Chennai, which make a stop at Pune, come from Mumbai. However, thanks to that, the passengers boarding these trains at Pune station either do not get room, or appear on the waitlist, and thus have to suffer a lot.” Trivedi, a crusader for railway commuter’s rights who turns 81 on Tuesday, said

Nadiad City of Gujarat State

Nadiad City of Gujarat State

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Nadiad is well known for many things. Once upon a time, people like Haridas Biharidas of Nadiad were the flames of public service. The seat of Santaram Maharaj and the Santaram Temple earned fame not only for its religious importance, but for the public service activities also. Nadiad was also the land of laureates and literatures during the later years of l9th century and beginning of the instant. The author of the epic like Gujarati novel 'Saraswatichandra' Govardhanram Tripathi, Mansukhram Shivaram,

Zaverilal Yagnik, Ranchhodbhai Udayram, Manilal Nabhubhai, Balashanker, the poet-painter Phoolchand Master, Rasakavi Raghunath Brahmbhatt were a few of the many literary personalities. The residence of Govardhanram has been preserved like a monument and his statue has been placed in the heart of the town.

Nadiad has developed into a trade centre. There are many hospitals and educational institutions. The Kidney Hospital, Dharmasingh Desai Institute of Technology and the Ayurvedic College are well known throughout.

Nadiad reminds us of a great personality. He was known as pujya Mota. His original name was Chunilal Asharam Bhavsar. Surajba was his mother. For want of economic resources, he could not obtain his higher education after matriculation. Those were the days of Gandhiji. Under the influence and instructions of Gandhiji, he dedicated himself to the service of the nation and to activities for the upliftment of Harijans. He devoted himself to all these activities to such an extent, that he fell seriously ill. The physical misery led him to the notion of committing suicide. But he was saved in one such attempt.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Kutch City of Gujarat State

Kutch City of Gujarat State
There are buses to Anjar every 30 minutes from the bus stand in Bhuj. To Lilpur, there is one direct bus at 30 am (Rs 20). Or take one of the many buses to Rapar and get another bus from there. Alternatively, ask the driver on the bus to Rapar to drop you off at the turn-off to Lilpur, and walk the three km to the village.From Ahmedabad, take a bus to Dasada, 12km north-east of Zainabad (two hours, Rs 23). From here there are local buses to Zainabad. There are also direct buses from Rajkot. Alternatively, taxis which take up to four people can be arranged through Desert Coursers for around Rs 4.50 per km.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Veraval

Veraval

Travelling in India
Location - Corner of the southern Satpura Hills.



758 sq.km Pench National Park is nestled in the extreme of southern of the Satpura Hills. The park is named after Pench river that flows from north to south through the park. The park is covered with tropical deciduous forests and tropical dry deciduous teak. This ferine forest is crisscrossed with number of streams. The small Pench river dries up in April end but large water holes remains for wild animals. To combat with water scarcity Pench Reservoir has been made, which is the major source of water during summer. Pench river area is a good place to see every types of animal. As a prey concentration is high in that area so that predators are also seen. Leopards are frequently seen predator here and sometimes tigers.

Somnath Temple

The predominant flora of the park is teak and bamboo trees. The commanding forests are mainly of deciduous and tropical mixed deciduous trees. There are various kind of shrubs are found here but the variety of teak is fascinating. The wild terrain is enshrouded with small hills and forests of diverse kind such as teak, saja, bija, lendia, haldu, dhaora, aonla, amaltas etc. The sparkling white Kullu trees are scattered around singly in midst of green.

Pench has the highest number of prey of any park in India. There are approximately more than 10000 different kind of deer. The park is also crowded with gaur(Indian bison), 13 species of reptiles, some species of amphibians and 250 species of birds. It is also home to number of predators like tigers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, fox and other ferocious animals.

Mandvi

Mandvi

Travelling in India
Location: On the banks of River Rukmavati, part of Saurashtra.


On the banks of river Rukmavati, just a kilometer away from the Arabian Sea, this small beach town is just lie on the Gulf of Kutch. The nearby city Bhuj is 60km from here. The city displays a rich cultural heritage and few historical heritage. It was once the summer retreat of Maharajas because of its lovely beach. During medieval town, Mandvi was a fortified town and also renowned for its 400 year old shipbuilding center and one can see the small boats being constructed in the traditional techniques by master carpenters even today. The town was famous as a town of merchants and sailors.

Vijay Vilas Palace

It was said that Mandvi was established by first Jadeja ruler of Kutch, Rao Khengarji in the late 16th century. The tourism is delightful and throng by various travelers from India and abroad. The city also a good place to just relax because it has fine climatic condition throughout the year. Mandvi is dotted with old buildings with stone carving and plaster decorations. The architecture is a fusion of Indian and European style. Other than that temples are good place to visit. Other tourist attractions are girl high school ( a former palace) and a light house.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Little Rann Sanctuary

Little Rann Sanctuary

Travelling in India
Location: Situated in the region of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, the sanctuary is around 150 km off Ahmedabad.



The Little Rann Sanctuary though sounds little but hold immense importance in terms of wildlife protection. The sanctuary protect the India's last remaining population of Khur (Asiatic Wild Ass). The park also home to various birds population and the area is one of the few places in India where flamingos are known to breed naturally. The sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch of the Gujarat. The sanctuary covers an area of 4954 square kilometer and the ghostly white land is nature's most harsh creation. The remarkable and unparalleled land is of its kind in the entire world. The sanctuary is a saline desert of the Little Rann of Kutch, is said to be a shallow sea.

Asiatic Wild Ass in Little Rann Sanctuary

The sanctuary is a transitional area between marine and terrestrial ecosystem. During monsoon Rann gets flooded for more than one month. The landscape has about 74 elevated plateaus or islands locally called bets. The largest plateau called Pung Bet, which has an area of 30.5 square kilometer. Mardak is the highest island lies at 55m. The vast cover of saline landscape has amazingly no vegetation, except on the fringes and bets. The vegetation is mainly xerophytic and that activated during the monsoon months. The islands have incredible floral varieties including 253 species of flowers.

Kutch

Kutch

Travelling in India
Location: Kutch is located at the western coast of India in the state of Gujarat.


A landscape with salty marshlands and no vegetation. This district of Gujarat has rugged and fiery beauty. The tortoise shaped land is flat and dry but the villages dotted throughout the dramatic, inhospitable landscape feel like pre partition Pakistan and the tribal villagers produce some of India's finest folk textiles, glittering with exquisite embroidery and mirror work. The climate is always wet and dry and it is literally doused under water during the rains. Kutch is second most largest district in India after Leh. Tourism activities are desert safaris by jeep, camel rides, shopping for the unique local handicrafts and sighting the rare wild ass found in the little Rann of Kutch sanctuary. People who are inhabited here are nomadic, semi nomadic and artisan tribes who contribute to the rich folk art.

Narayan Sarovar Temple

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bhuj

Bhuj

Travelling in India
Location: Bhuj is located in the westernmost part of the state of Gujarat



The Bhuj is ancient city located in the the western city of India, was gravely suffered during 2001 devastating earthquake. That demolished almost 10% of city, killed many and destroyed many ancient heritage. But there is still much interest left in this lull town. The city is 300km away from Ahmedabad. There are beautiful bazaars, medieval temple and palaces, traditional handicrafts and many other things to see. Bhuj is situated near the Gulf of Kutch, a part of Arabian Sea with low hills and embroidery.

Prag Mahal
Bhuj was founded by Maharao Hamir in the early 16th century. Also during the British rule Bhuj was an independent princely state. After independence it became a part of India. The city is renowned as walled city as it was once fenced by with thick stoned walls. The climate is typical desert because of its proximity with the desert of Rann. Summer is blistering and winter cool and mild. The monsoon is associated with cyclones. The cit

Rajkot

Rajkot

Travelling in India
Location: Rajkot is fourth largest city in Gujarat, located on the banks of the Ajit and Niari Rivers.


Rajkot is an quintessential town of Gujarat in respect of economic development of the state. It also holds major significance in Indian independence movement as from here Mahatma Gandhi ignited his thoughts in his early life. There are old buildings along with new one scattered in the city. Rajkot still preserve the age old traditions of bandhani sarees, silk embroidery and beautiful mirror work. Rajkot is one of the most visited places in Gujarat and tourism in recent times have gained tremendous impulse.

SwamiNarayan Mandir

Rajkot is strongly associated with Rajput families. Tourist attractions are also aplenty. There are variety of tourist interests such as Kaba Gandhi's Gate, Watson Museum and Library, The Rajkumar College, Rashtriya Shala and Jagat Mandir. Rajkot is a hub of performing art. There are number of venues that organize the Gujarati plays and music concerts. Rajkot is pleasant to visit during the month of October to March.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Porbander

Porbander

Travelling in India
Location: In the state of Gujarat, situated in the western part of India.



Porbander is an ancient port on the Saurashtra peninsula, strongly attached with Indian history because of its association with Mahatma Gandhi. It is being the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. Kirti Mandir, which was once the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, is now a major tourist attraction. Porbander is one of the oldest town in western India. The town is also mentioned in Puranic era. According to Hindu mythology, Porbander is the birth place Sudama(great friend of Krishna) and here many tales about Lord Krishna and Sudama originated. The present city was established in 1785 AD by Rana Sartanji. The bastioned around the city testify the illustrious rule of Rana. But during British rule, under the orders of Colonel Lally, it lost its fortification.

Sudama Temple

Porbander is a small and friendly beach side town on the southeast coast of Gujarat. Though the sea is not suitable for swimming but the gentle walking on the tree lined streets enjoying the livening sea breeze, is surely on the itinerary. The place is also studded with many religious and public buildings dominated by the calm water of the sea. There are many attractive places to see other than excursions to Modpar Fort, Ghumli, famous Harshad Mata Temple and Barda Wildlife Sanctuary.

Diu

Diu

Travelling in India
Location: It is an island lying off the south coast of Gujarat's Kathiawar peninsula. Diu is a city in Diu district in the state of Daman and Diu, Indian Union Territory.

One of the main reason to come to Gujarat is Diu. The ex Portuguese town is as small as its name but the beguiling beauty of the place beckons travelers from different part of the world. The tiny island is situated at the southern tip of the Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat, offers travelers fine beaches, whitewashed churches, an imposing fort, colorful markets, savoring sea food, cheap booze and plenty of sunshine. Before the Portuguese the Island was ruled by many kings and dynasties. It has rich ancient history, beginning with the Puranic Hindu period and end with Portuguese from whom it was liberated along with Goa and Daman on 19th December, 1961.

Jet Skiing, Nagoa Beach

Diu is spread over an area of 38.8 sq km and a coastline of 21km. Ghoghla is the entry point of Diu if enter from Una, a town in Saurashtra. The road leads to Diu city is lined with Hoka trees(an African tree) and coconut palms swaying and whispering in the gentle intoxicating sea, welcomes every traveler. Diu fort is undoubtedly the best attraction among tourist. The fort is located on the extreme coast of the island. The fort is also house old cannons and iron shells. Other than fort there are different temples like Gangeshwar and Somnath temple and beaches that are the biggest draw of tourism.